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5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


Top Broadcasters and BMI Support Songwriters with Concert Benefiting MusiCares COVID-19 Relief

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From News, posted 5.11.20 Local radio broadcasters Cox Media Group (CMG), Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, Hubbard Radio, Neuhoff Media and Townsquare Media announced today that they will join BMI and some of country music’s top songwriters for a radio concert to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief fund. “A Salute to the Songwriters,” presented… Read more...


BMI Brings Another Great Lineup to the Fourth Annual Maui Songwriters Festival

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From News, posted 12.06.18 On November 29th - December 1st, BMI hosted the fourth annual Maui Songwriters Festival. Combining the lush landscapes and local flavor of Maui with the international acclaim of music’s best songwriters, this one-of-a-kind festival puts a spotlight on the art of songwriting with intimate sets from an all-star line-up. Country… Read more...


Miranda Lambert to Headline All-Star Lineup at BMI’s 2018 Maui Songwriters Festival

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From News, posted 9.26.18 The fourth annual Maui Songwriters Festival presented by BMI, happening November 29 - December 1, combines the lush landscapes and local flavor of Maui with the international acclaim of music’s best songwriters. Hosted by Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, this one-of-a-kind festival puts a spotlight on the art of… Read more...


How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18 Most of us who are in the business of creating songs are aware of the importance of writing lyrics that have universal appeal, lyrics that connect with millions of hearts. We have also heard about the importance of writing songs that emanate from our hearts, from personal experience. On the… Read more...


Show—Don’t Tell: 3 Steps to Writing Better Lyrics

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.23.15 Our goal, when we share a song, is to evoke emotion in our listeners—to have them not only know what the singer is feeling, but to empathize—to feel the emotion. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by bringing your audience inside the world of your… Read more...


The Key West Songwriters Festival is Right Around the Corner!

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From News, posted 5.05.14 It’s that time of year again for sun, sand and songwriters. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival kicks off Wednesday, May 7, and continues through Sunday, May 11. The lineup this year is stronger than ever with Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Robert… Read more...


#1 Song “I Drive Your Truck” Inspired by Army Dad’s Moving Story

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From News, posted 5.21.13 Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriter, Connie Harrington, was listening to a public radio program when she happened to hear a story about a father remembering his son, killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Harrington was so moved by the dad who coped with his grief by driving his son’s truck, that she… Read more...


Inaugural 30A Songwriters Festival Slated for January 15-17 in Florida

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From News, posted 12.04.09 The first annual 30A Songwriters Festival will debut January 15-17 along the resort highway on the Florida panhandle between Destin and Panama City Beach. More than 50 songwriters, including Jeffrey Steele (“The Cowboy in Me” for Tim McGraw, “What Hurts the Most” for Rascal Flatts), BMI Icon John Oates (“Sara… Read more...


Hal Ketchum Celebrates Release of ‘Father Time’

From News, posted 9.26.08 Esteemed troubadour Hal Ketchum celebrated the release of his new album, Father Time, Monday, September 15 amidst industry peers and fans in BMI’s Nashville Writer/Publisher lobby. Ketchum recorded the ambitious labor of love live to two-track over two stacked days in the studio. Released on his longtime label home Curb… Read more...


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